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Old 11-25-2006, 12:14 AM   #1
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my packs never seem to charge to their full potential. i use a duratrax ice and every pack i charged on it never reached the full capacity, usually about 400mah away from it. i charged some old packs and thought it was just their age but i have a new pack and it doesnt get full charge either. i cycled it and still dont get the capacity. resistance is low on this new pack. so are my settings wrong? i use 5 peak sensitivity and discharge to .8 volts. the graph shows that the voltage is dropping at the peak capacity so i know its not false peaking. anyone got any suggestions? or possibly could share their ice settings, its a 3700mah battery.
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Old 11-27-2006, 04:30 PM   #2
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I've gone through this one with enough people enough times.. But I'll do it again!... Anyways, the "mah" that your charger tells you that went into your pack does NOT reflect the actual capacity of the pack! Thats just how many mah left your charger during the charge process! A few things that can affect this number; residual charge in the battery, and the energy lost in the charge process (typically the heat dissapated). One simple thing to do is to set your peak detect mv higher or lower and you will see a change in the mah during charge! Higher mv makes it looks like more mah into a battery but you only wasted more energy creating more heat.

Real mah should be determined in the discharge cycle. That is; how much can you take out of the battery! Imagine you take a pitcher of water and poured it into a glass. you can spill as much water as you want. But whats important is how much water you can pour out of the glass afterwards! I can't say your 3700's will hold 3700 but thats the number you should be looking at. When I put good cells on a turbo35, I get very close numbers as the capacity on the discharge cycle. Anyhow, your best test is on the track!..
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